Handbook - Student

Welcome to Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) and the Americans  with Disabilities Accommodations Office (ADA Office). The ADA Office staff  looks forward to working with you and providing the assistance that will  help make your academic career at JSCC more successful and satisfying.

Jefferson State Community College is committed to making its academic  programs and services accessible to qualified students who have  disabilities. It is a goal of Jefferson State Community College to provide  students who have disabilities equal opportunities to develop and  demonstrate their academic skills, while maintaining the academic integrity
of the College programs. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation  Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the  American Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) it is the policy of  Jefferson State Community College that no qualified person with a disability  shall be subjected to discrimination because of that disability under any  program or activity conducted or sponsored by the College.

Enrollment Services handles all applications for admission.  Admission standards are described in the Jefferson State catalog  and must be met by all students, regardless of disability. Enrollment  Services offers a series of orientation sessions for entering students.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the ADA Office before  or during orientation. Students who need accommodations during orientation  should contact the Enrollment Services Office upon receiving registration  materials. The Enrollment Services Office can be reached at (205)  856-7704/7705.

Colleges are not required to alter essential academic requirements.  Requirements, which can be demonstrated as essential  to a course or program of study or to any directly related licensing  requirement, are not regarded as discriminatory. Specifically, the law says  that a college “shall make such modifications to its academic requirements  as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or  have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of handicap, against a  qualified handicapped applicant or student… Modifications may include  changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree  requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion  of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific  courses are conducted.” 34 CFR Section 1-04.44 (a).

When to self-identify as a student with a disability is a  decision for the student.  However, prospective students are  encouraged to contact the ADA Office for information regarding services and  facilities and to discuss questions pertinent to admission. If  accommodations are needed for placement testing, all documentation must be  on file in the ADA Accommodation Office

The ADA Accommodations Office serves as the central contact point  for students with disabilities.  The goal of the ADA Office is to  provide a physically and educationally accessible College environment that  ensures an individual is viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. The  ADA Office works individually with students to determine appropriate and  reasonable academic accommodations, and to have students’ academic  performance evaluated without the limiting effects of a disability.

A Disability as Defined by the ADAAA

An individual who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one  or more major life activity (caring for one’s self, performing manual  tasks, talking, seeing, hearing, and learning).
  • has a record of such an impairment; or
  •  is regarded as having such an impairment.